|Publication number||US7771081 B2|
|Application number||US 12/497,009|
|Publication date||Aug 10, 2010|
|Filing date||Jul 2, 2009|
|Priority date||Dec 21, 2005|
|Also published as||US7581853, US8197090, US20070139931, US20090268457, US20100270564|
|Publication number||12497009, 497009, US 7771081 B2, US 7771081B2, US-B2-7771081, US7771081 B2, US7771081B2|
|Inventors||Dae Yeon Kim, Young Sam Park|
|Original Assignee||Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (6), Non-Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (7), Classifications (14), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a Divisional of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/594,756, filed on Nov. 9, 2006, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,581,853 claims the benefit of Korean Patent Application No. 2005-126774 filed on Dec. 21, 2005, in the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the entire contents of each of which are hereby incorporated by reference.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a light emitting diode (LED) package and a backlight using the same, and more particularly, to an LED package which includes a lens whose upper side for refracting the light from an LED has a convex surface with a large angle of beam, by which the shape of the lens and an assembly process can be simplified, and a backlight unit using the same.
2. Description of the Related Art
Recently, there exists a need for a large-sized Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) capable of outputting a large-sized image. In the case of using a Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (CCFL) for a light source of the LCD, there are spatial and environmental limitations with use of mercury. Thus, a Light Emitting Diode (LED) with its high efficiency and advantage for miniaturization is widely used for the light source of the LCD.
With the current trend of compact products, the LCDs are also miniaturized these days. Recently, there have been suggested an LED package, which is configured to have a larger beam angle of an LED, thereby achieving miniaturization, and a backlight unit using the same.
Now, a conventional LED package and a backlight unit using the same will be explained in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings.
The conventional LED package shown in
The lens 20 has a funnel-shaped recess on an upper surface thereof, with its outer surface narrowing downward, thereby laterally emitting the light from the LED 30. Here, the outer surface of the lens 20 may be shaped not only as illustrated in
As shown in
However, in the backlight unit with the above configuration, the LED package 1 refracts light laterally using the difference in the refractive indices of the lens 20 and thus cannot completely block the light beams emitted upward through a central portion. Therefore, bright spots are exhibited in the portions corresponding to the positions of the LED packages 1. To eliminate such bright spots, a separate sheet is required, increasing the manufacturing costs.
Moreover, the complex shape of the lens 20 requires a difficult manufacturing process and entails limitations in the lens material. Further, in the case of using the above described lens 20, a large-sized LED 30 of at least 1 mm2 is suitable, which however results in low light efficiency.
The present invention has been made to solve the foregoing problems of the prior art and therefore an object of certain embodiments of the present invention is to provide a an LED package which can uniformly emit light without any bright spots formed in an output screen, have an increased beam angle with a simpler shape of lens, and minimize a mixing region where different colors of light beams are mixed, thereby achieving miniaturization, and a backlight unit using the same.
According to an aspect of the invention for realizing the object, there is provided a light emitting diode package including: a housing with a seating recess formed therein; at least one light emitting diode seated in the seating recess; and a lens with a convex surface forming a predetermined sag, covering an upper part of the light emitting diode, the lens having a beam angle with a Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM) in the range of at least 120 degrees.
The seating recess has a circular horizontal section.
The sag of the lens is formed on an upper side of the lens to form a beam angle with a Full Width at Half Maxmimum (FWHM) in the range of at least 120 degrees, and ranges 10 to 30% of a diameter of the convexed upper surface of the upper side.
The seating recess has a polygonal horizontal section.
The sag of the lens is formed on an upper side of the lens, and ranges 10 to 30% of a diagonal line of the convexed upper surface of the upper side.
The lens is adapted to cover the seating recess.
The lens comprises an encapsulant injected to fill inside the seating recess.
The lens is made of one selected from a group consisting of glass, silicone and resin.
The light emitting diode package includes at least two of the light emitting diode for emitting different colors of light, mounted in the seating recess.
A backlight unit according to the present invention includes the light emitting diode package described above.
The backlight unit includes at least two of the light emitting diode for emitting different colors of light, disposed adjacent to each other as a group.
The above and other objects, features and other advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
The following description will present an LED package and a backlight unit using the same according to the present invention with reference to the accompanying drawings.
As shown in
The light beams emitted upward from the LED 200 pass through the lens 300, and at this time, as the lens has a convex surface on an upper side thereof, the light beams emitted from the LED 200 are refracted in a large beam angle, i.e., refracted to spread laterally. In addition, the light beams directed from the LED 200 to the sidewall of the seating recess 110 are reflected by the reflecting surface 120 to propagate toward the lens 300.
The lens 300 can be made of glass or silicone, similar to the lens used in the conventional LED package, or can be manufactured through a process of a resin dotting process (i.e., a process of dispensing resin in the form of droplets or dots). The materials for fabricating a complex shape of lens applied to the conventional LED package are limited to a few among various materials that can be manufactured into the lens. However, the lens 300 applied to the present invention has a simple shape and thus can be advantageously made of various materials. For example, the lens applied to the conventional LED package is generally made of synthetic resin, which is extremely vulnerable to high temperature, and thus cannot be bonded to the housing 100 via a reflow. However, the lens 300 applied to the present invention can be made of material highly resistant to heat and thus can be fabricated via the reflow.
As the lens 300 applied to the present invention has much a simpler shape than the lens applied to the conventional LED package, it can easily be machined with low manufacturing costs. Further, the conventional LED package has the LED provided inside the lens, thus entailing a complicated manufacturing process. However, the LED package according to the present invention includes the LED 200 and the lens 300 separate from each other, thereby allowing a simple manufacturing process.
The configurations and operations of the housing 100 having the seating recess 110 and the reflecting surface 120 and the LED 200 are identical to those of the housing and the LED applied to the conventional LED package, and thus not described in detail.
As shown in
As shown in
In the embodiment shown in
The LED package of the present invention described above is incorporated to complete the backlight unit according to the present invention.
In general, in order for the backlight unit to output various colors of light, it should be configured to output light mixed with red, green and blue light beams. Thus, the backlight unit of the present invention is manufactured with a red LED package R, a green LED package G and a blue LED package B emitting red, green and blue light beams, respectively.
As shown in
In addition, this embodiment is exemplified by three LED packages R, G and B emitting red, green and blue light beams, respectively, but the number or the arrangement of the LED packages may be modified variously. For example, two LED packages emitting different colors of light may be arranged in a group, or at least four LED packages maybe arranged in a group.
The LED package according to the present invention may be configured to include a plurality of LEDs 200, i.e., a red LED 201, a green LED 202 and a blue LED 204 mounted inside the seating recess 110.
With the plurality of LEDs 201, 202 and 203 mounted inside the single seating recess 110 to mix different colors in the housing 100, the color mixing region is advantageously shortened, which in turn allows realizing white light with a single LED package.
Here, the arrangement of the LEDs may be freely selected by the user. That is, the LEDs may be arranged in a group, disposed in a same interval from one another as shown in
The LED package with the lens 300 having a convex surface on an upper side thereof mounted therein, has a larger beam angle than an LED package without such a lens 300. That is, the beam angle increases with a gradual increase of the sag from a plane surface of the lens 300.
In the embodiment shown in
In addition, with the greater beam angle of the LED package as described above, the light outputted onto the output screen forms a relatively uniform distribution as shown in
When the sag h1 formed in the upper surface of the lens 300 is increased gradually to exceed 0.5 mm, the beam angle decreases on the contrary. If the sag h2 of the lens 300 gradually increases to reach 0.8 mm as shown in
However, if the sag of the lens 300 exceeds 0.5 mm, the beam angle gradually decreases as shown in
When the sag of the lens 300 exceeds 0.8 mm, the beam angle as well as the emission efficiency decrease, and eventually when the sag h3 reaches 1.1 mm as shown in
After measuring the beam angle and emission efficiency while adjusting the sag of the lens 300 as described above, the results indicate that the beam angle is greatest when the sag of the lens 300 is 0.5 mm, and the emission efficiency is greatest when the sag of the lens 300 is 0.8 mm. Since an object of the present invention is to forma large beam angle, it is preferable that the lens 300 has a sag of 0.3 to 0.5 mm. Here, as the size of the lens 200 may vary according to the size of the LED package, the shape of the lens 200 should be determined according to the ratios of different parts. That is, it is preferable that the sag of the lens 300 is formed on an upper side of the lens, and ranges 10 to 30% of a diameter of a convexed portion of the upper side.
In this embodiment, the seating recess 110 is formed circular, but the present invention is not limited to such. Alternatively, the seating recess 110 may be formed in a shape of polygonal pillar with a polygonal horizontal section. With the seating recess 110 formed as a polygonal pillar, it is preferable that the sag of the lens 300 is 10 to 30% of a diagonal line of the convexed portion of the upper side of the lens 300.
The LED package and the backlight unit using the same according to the present invention are capable of uniformly emitting light without bright spots formed in an output screen, can increase a beam angle using a simpler shaped lens, and can minimize a color mixing region where the different colors of light is mixed to realize miniaturization of the product.
While the present invention has been shown and described in connection with the preferred embodiments, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that modifications and variations can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||362/235, 362/97.3, 362/311.02, 362/249.02, 362/555|
|International Classification||H01L33/60, F21V5/04, H01L33/54, H01L33/56, F21V8/00, F21V5/00|
|Cooperative Classification||H01L33/46, H01L33/58|
|Aug 2, 2011||AS||Assignment|
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